Parents of children with visual impairments have consistently told us that they need a way to reach out to each other, and share resources on raising their children from birth to adulthood. Opting into FamilyFriends allows other registered FamilyConnect members to visit your basic profile and send you friend requests or private messages.
The basic profile consists of:
- "About Me" statement—a short description of you and your family, of up to 250 words.
- Your profile picture
- Your child's condition(s)
- Your child's age—calculated based on your child's birthday, but the actual birthdate will not be displayed.
Your friend recommendations will be based on where you live, as well as your child's age and eye conditions.
You can give new friends access to your basic profile, or you can choose to give them access to your advanced profile. The advanced profile has more ways to share information and resources:
- Status updates and comments
- Links you like
- Message boards you're tracking
- Photo albums
If you are already a registered FamilyConnect member and wish to opt in, simply visit your Edit Your Profile page (you will be prompted to log in first) and say yes to the question "Include me in FamilyFriends?"
We Want Your Feedback
We hope that you will find FamilyFriends a great way to connect with other parents and family members, and to support each other and share critical information. Please let us know if you have any feedback on the new features by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.